Let us stop pretending that the Iraq War was the Worst Thing Ever.

    Stop pretending that the Iraq War was the worst disaster to ever befall America. Or even that it was particularly a disaster at all. At least, under Bush.

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    Your Donald Trump Moment of Zen for Today

    Foreign policy questions can be vexing, it is known. How is any one person supposed to be an expert on complicated issues that are happening in any one of over 180 countries across the globe? Really, it is foolish and reckless to even try. Attempting to understand the complicated history of Russia and Ukraine is not the way to peace and self-understanding. Clear all thoughts | Read More »

    Marines: Male units perform better. Sec Navy: What’s a few dead Marines

    Marines: Male units perform better. Sec Navy: What's a few dead Marines

    Surprise, right? All-male ground combat units in the Marines were faster, more lethal and less injured than units with mixed genders, according to a Marine Corps study that looked at integrating women into all service jobs. “All male squads, teams and crews demonstrated higher performance levels on 69 percent of tasks evaluated (93 of 134) as compared to gender-integrated squads, teams and crews,” according a | Read More »

    We Have Already Forgotten

    We Have Already Forgotten

    Every year on this date, we have numerous poignant reminders of the fact that, in the age of modern terrorism, we are no longer safe from mass destruction based on the strength of our military or our location between two enormous oceans. We learned, fourteen years ago on this day, that we are facing a determined enemy that is capable of wreaking enormous havoc here | Read More »

    Jeb Bush’s Tax Plan and Apple’s Latest Gadgets

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Jeb Bush’s proposed tax plan, then Xavier Harding talks about Apple’s new iPhone, the iPad Pro, and how the updated Apple TV stacks up against its competitors.

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    Pew gets its science wrong in attempting to bash Americans

    Pew gets its science wrong in attempting to bash Americans

    Pew Research put up a website purporting to quiz you on your scientific knowledge, while flogging their poll of American adults (n=3278), claiming those adults are scientifically illiterate. The problem is, Pew’s website exposed they actually got their own science wrong. While pointing one finger at us, they pointed three back at themselves!

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    The Mississippi Democrats Have Problems

    The Mississippi Democrats Have Problems

    So, after the Chris McDaniel debacle, I think most of us swore off writing anything positive about the Mississippi GOP. So, this post should not be interpreted as any kind of endorsement of anyone in the Mississippi Governor’s race. Sometimes, even if your own side is not worthy of support, there is catharsis to be found in pointing and laughing at the follies of one’s enemies. | Read More »

    Quiet Heroes – Why America May Never Really Go Down

    I’m reminded of the scene in The Two Towers where Gandalf gets called Gandalf Stormcrow because he always brings the bad news. There just doesn’t seem to be anything positive to blog these days. It’s like the Charles Bukowski poem “Eyeless Through Space.” At least it is if you don’t take enough time to see the positive side. That side is there. Even in Detroit. | Read More »

    September 11

    September 11

    List of World Trade Center Victims Gordon M. Aamoth, Jr. Edelmiro Abad Maria Rose Abad Andrew Anthony Abate Vincent Abate Laurence Christopher Abel William F. Abrahamson Richard Anthony Aceto Jesus Acevedo Rescand Heinrich Bernhard Ackermann Paul Acquaviva Donald LaRoy Adams Patrick Adams Shannon Lewis Adams Stephen George Adams Ignatius Udo Adanga Christy A. Addamo Terence E. Adderley, Jr. Sophia Buruwad Addo Lee Allan Adler Daniel | Read More »

    New Quinnipiac Iowa Poll: Trump vs Carson race tightens; Scott Walker is pining for the fjords

    New Quinnipiac Iowa Poll: Trump vs Carson race tightens; Scott Walker is pining for the fjords

    Another day, another poll. This one is of likely Iowa caucus goers from Quinnipiac. Take aways. The race between Trump and Carson is tightening. Trump continues to pull a large chunk of the self-identified Tea Party folks. Carson gets his support for Evangelical Christians (Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist so this group would seem to be responding more to Carson’s faith message than his | Read More »

    Where I Was On September 11

    Where I Was On September 11

    Until September 11, 2001, I worked in the World Trade Center, halfway up Tower One. I wasn’t doing political blogging at the time, but was writing “the Baseball Crank” as a weekly baseball column for the online edition of the Providence (R.I.) Journal. Here’s my account of that day, written for ProJo two days later while it was all still fresh. We run this every | Read More »

    The Predicate Act

    Fourteen years ago this morning, hell flew out of the clear blue skies careening into tall buildings in New York City, careening into the Pentagon, and careening into a field in Pennsylvania. We have been at war ever since. The monstrous acts this day fourteen years ago led to the toppling of a regime in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today, the left says if only George | Read More »

    Family, Love, and Loss on September 11

    I remember waking up on my own around 7 a.m. (central time) on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. I looked at my clock, and I was confused. Normally, my dad was taking us out of door to school at this time. However, no one woke me up that morning. I heard footsteps coming up the stairs and heard the knock on my door. My dad told | Read More »

    The #BATF: 2016 & The Iran Deal

    The #BATF: 2016 & The Iran Deal

    Welcome back to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Friends (late edition!) Tonight, Caleb Howe of RedState, Vincent Coglianese of the Daily Caller, and Communications Strategist Ryan Moy join regular panelists Leon Wolf, Jeff Blehar of the Ace of Spades Decision Desk, and F. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon to discuss 2016 and the Iran Deal (and possibly the European Refugee crisis). Tune | Read More »

    Lou Jacobson (.@loujacobson) and .@PolitiFact descend into self-parody

    Lou Jacobson (.@loujacobson) and .@PolitiFact descend into self-parody

    One of the many chancres on the genitalia of American journalism is the “fact check” scam. This is where reporters, who generally aren’t terribly well educated about anything, take it upon themselves to act as a truth squad to uncover falsehoods by political figures. Virtually without fail, even the simplest statements by Republicans are false.  Back in 2012, I grew so frustrated with the casual | Read More »